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James Souchon

Field Guide

James started his guiding career at the world-renowned Phinda Game Reserve, spending four years learning about and showing guests the wonder of the incredibly rich biodiversity that the Maputaland area of South Africa has to offer. Having always wanted to guide in the ...

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on What Happens When You Try and Outsmart a Pride of Lions

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Marinda Drake
Master Tracker

I love camera traps. You never know what you catch while you are sleeping. We have got a trial cam that we put out while camping in Mabuasehube in Botswana. We caught the usual suspects, brown hyena, spotted hyena, black backed jackal and cape fox. The most exciting footage was a lion coming in to camp, and we did not even realize she was there. What was just as fantastic was when we put the cam up at the waterhole. I didn’t want Desmond to leave it there in the night as I wasxworried that an animal will take it, as what happened in your video with the lions. We caught leopard a few times and the best was wild dog drinking in the night from the waterhole. I can imagine that a go pro will give a much clearer picture, but you can’t just leave it for yhe whole night. I’ve read that it does get quite warm running continiously. Great capture of the lions. Would love to see more.

James Souchon
Field Guide

Hi Marinda, its always great fun setting them up!

Joan Schmiidt
Master Tracker

James, Lions steel Go Pro! What a wonderful blog🤗

James Souchon
Field Guide

Hi Joan, glad you enjoyed it!

haha what an unruly bunch 🙂

James Souchon
Field Guide

Hi Nicole, haha…the curiosity of youth!

Andrew and Daniel Bolnick
Digital Tracker

Ha Ha. A bit too curious

James Souchon
Field Guide

Hi Andrew and Daniel, they certainly were

Ahburrell
Digital Ranger

The perspective is wonderful, but how did the camera hold up?!!!
Andee Burrell

James Souchon
Field Guide

Hi Andee, it held up surprisingly well!

Irene Henkes
Explorer

Quite a sturdy thing to survive being the new lion’s rugbyball……. 😉

James Souchon
Field Guide

Hi Irene, they really are robust little cameras.

Darlene Knott
Digital Tracker

That was hilarious! I do hope the camera survived! Thanks so much for sharing your experiment, James!

James Souchon
Field Guide

Hi Darlene, thank goodness it did survive without even a scratch

Vin Beni
Guest contributor

That was a great, funny pick-me-up on a dreary day–hysterical!

James Souchon
Field Guide

Hi Vin, glad you enjoyed it!

Denise Vouri
Guest contributor

😂😂 seems they are smarter than we think and discovered this alien thing, no matter the dung. I had a good chuckle over this and applaud your creativity and desire to capture lions from a unique angle. I would certainly try again!! Thank you for sharing….

James Souchon
Field Guide

Hi Denise, all animals are certainly always smarter than we think. We will give it another go though!

Mary Beth Wheeler
Guest contributor

Awesome! Fun to watch and I’m amazed you got your GoPro back! I hope you try again!

James Souchon
Field Guide

Hi Mary Beth, so am I. With a few modifications we will try again to get some unique shots with the GoPro.

Ian Hall
Master Tracker

Ah, I would go back looking for the Otter.

Is Andrea still with you? I know she was doing something different than being a ranger, but she no longer gets mentioned.

I had one of my best ever drives with her (and after 20 trips to Africa – that is a hard earned compliment)

James Souchon
Field Guide

Hi Ian, the otter does seem a safer choice! Andrea has moved to Hoedspruit and is still involved in the industry. I will definitely pass on the compliment!

Wendy Hawkins
Senior Digital Ranger

Oh my gosh James, did they eventually drop it, or has not been seen again? I wonder what condition it would be in 🙂 Thank you. Stay healthy in your paradise

James Souchon
Field Guide

Hi Wendy, they did eventually drop it and luckily there were no teeth marks on it believe it or not.

Paul Canales
Senior Digital Ranger

Oh well, I’m confident that this will lead to other, more successful experiments with the GoPro!!

James Souchon
Field Guide

Hi Paul, with a few modifications to the disguise we will see what more we can get.

Bob and Lucie Fjeldstad
Guest contributor

You were lucky to get it back and luckier that it still worked! A hyaena would have crunched it to smithereens!

James Souchon
Field Guide

Hi Bob and Lucie, I will definitely need to rethink my camera housing before trying to get any unique shots of Hyena.

Lisa Antell
Explorer

Curious lion cubbies playing Keep Away with the Go Pro camera!

James Souchon
Field Guide

Hi Lisa, Yes I definitely underestimated their curiosity!

Cheung Yc
Digital Ranger

Lions cubs just love hidden camera ……

Ginger Brucker
Senior Digital Ranger

Proving “curiosity killed the cat” is just a myth.

Henk Slettenhaar
Senior Digital Ranger

That is interesting.

Johanna Browne
Explorer

That lion is a heck of a good videographer! Great footage- maybe you should hire him! That was quite fun-thank you 🙂

Ann Richardson Berg
Senior Digital Ranger

Hello James! Incredible! They are smart! Very fun and interesting to read about and to see the film! Was it difficult to find the camera, to get it back? It seems that cameras are very popular, everywhere…
Thank you for sharing!

Joanne Wadsworth Kelley
Master Tracker

Boy….they didn’t hesitate one second but went straight for it! I was laughing as they played with it and grinned as I thought of an adult lion running with the camera in it’s mouth! Wonderful idea and hope you do it again!

Al Kaiser
Guest contributor

Best intentions. Very enjoyable footage.

Callum Evans
Guest contributor

Well, you win some and you lose some, I guess!!! Fantastic video!

Michael and Terri Klauber
Guest contributor

James, Nice try and what a riot! Thanks for a good laugh!

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